Clive Palmer has defended himself as the hardest working MP in Parliament after he attended barely more than half of the parliamentary sitting days in spring. Figures published in The Age seem to indicate that the Fairfax MP has missed 44 of the 100 sitting days since being elected to Parliament. The report did not indicate how often he was awake on the days he was present.
There is no doubt that the electors of Fairfax will throw him out at the next general election. But Palmer will skip off to the Senate where he will probably get elected under the hopelessly corruptible voting system for our federal parliament. The electors of Fairfax deserve better than this but the facts of life are that a very wealthy man can buy himself a seat in Parliament and treat the voters with contempt by not turning up to do a fair days work. Stephanie Pealting wrote in The Age: Politics is failing us, but we can fix it I’m not so certain. I think we’re going to need change of requiring visionary leadership and there is little chance of this coming from these two men